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Meet Keyel of JudgmentNoJudgment in Carson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keyel.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Wow… I find this interesting. I’m not sure how many times in my life I’ve had to really go back and reflect on what steps were taken to get me to where I currently am. Sure, in my general workspace, the stu lol, when you’re first engaging with an artist it may come up… “What got you into music?” or “how long have you’ve been doing music?”, are of the common first inquiries. Rarely though, is there a dissertation behind the answer (depending on the artist). In the case of myself, I’d say there’s been a coalition of variables lending itself to my path. Culprit number one lends itself to the idea of “being a product of your environment”. Although I wasn’t per se raised around musicians, I’d always been submerged in music. My father possessed a deep collection of “the classics” I’d like to call them. Your Stevie Wonders, Donny Hathaways, Stylistics, Blue Magic, Rose Royce, just the GOATs.

Evolving through that sound I’d say music at the time was still connecting with a similar sentiment that the writers in an early time possessed. There was a trail leading up and through time that could be connected through the music that I deeply identified with. Would it be cliche to say music became the soundtrack to my life? Everywhere I went, know, music was playing. It wasn’t until high school in which I’d become more vocal about my love for music. There was assignment given to my 11th grade English class; write a poem. Minds would be about music, and there was something about the assignment that sparked a sense of potential in me.

One final ingredient was still needed; the demand for the service. Had not my best friend not needed someone to compose music for him, the chances of me being where I am definitely alter. So the summer before my senior year of high school I began producing. I’d say the first four years was an incubation period; really wrestling with the philosophical koans of the Sound Scape, learning what it means to produce. The timing was interesting because around the time I began to think about producing I met Boog. I was really big on working with family and Boog and I were just that. I worked with many artists over the years but a large chunk of my production time has been with him. So yeah, that’s how I got here…

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Also, a good question lol I would say it would depend on my perspective at any given time. There have definitely been times in my life where I didn’t perceive much opposition, while on the contrary there are array of other times that have shifted that paradigm. One of the biggest struggles I feel any person not just artist deals with is self-searching. In the case of myself musically, it wasn’t necessarily hard to find my sound but to polish and develop the sound has been an extremely engaging process. Also, keeping a balance of normal life and career is probably the biggest challenge. Everything becomes completely demanding of your attention at any given moment throughout the day so you have to develop a fairly disciplined regiment to ensure your progressing in ever part of your life.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a music producer named Keyel; publishing under JudgementNoJudgment I specialize in creating the sonic canvas for an artist to paint. I’d say I’m known for my understanding of timing or rhythm on a record; drums if you will but other elements that play off of timing that aren’t necessarily percussive. I’d say I’m most proud of my ability to engage with an artist on a level beyond music; allowing us to access deeper avenues of themselves and bring that to life in whatever we choose to create.

What were you like growing up?
An introvert without a doubt. I was/am extremely shy lol depending on who I’m engaging with. Spent a lot of time in my room watching cartoons and playing video games. I enjoyed it because I could control it. The term driven comes to mind also; always looking for ways to elevate from where I am to where I’d like to be. To a fault perhaps? Caring which lends itself to a precise nature.

Contact Info:

  • Website: keyel.co
  • Email: leyekdreams@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @Keyeleyek
  • Twitter: @Keyeleyek

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